Another Judge Rules That Ohio’s COVID-19 Lockdown Is Illegal

Ohio’s COVID-19 lockdown violates due process and the separation of powers, a state judge concluded today, ruling in favor of a company that sought to reopen a water park without suffering criminal penalties. “This unbridled and unfettered consolidation of authority in one unelected official is dangerous grounds to tread on,” writes Erie County Court of Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette, referring to Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton’s orders requiring “nonessential” businesses to close. “If one unelected, unaccountable to the public official is allowed to invoke unfettered Orders [that] criminalize an otherwise non-criminal activity only for disobedience to her

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